Students enrolled 782
School leader Carol Furman
District Ocean View

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6261 Hooker Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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(714) 893-5035
(714) 898-6495
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4 stars
Based on 49 ratings

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May 17, 2014
Excellent school community! Excellent teachers and principal! I am so happy we moved into the area!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
This is a wonderful school! Considering all the budget cuts and the overall economy, this school has managed to maintain their high academic standards and achievements. We transferred our daughter here this year for the GATE program and we are very pleased. Our daughter is very happy here! And she came from a good school too. The GATE program and teachers are top notch. There are other schools with good GATE classes but the school overall is still lacking many things. At Circle View, it feels like all students in general are encouraged to do better, and they are, and the overall academic focus of the whole school (teachers, staff and parents) here, is on a higher level than all the other schools in the area. PTO is great ,you don t get overwhelmed with fundraising requests, they are considerate and they also spend their funds wisely, for academically enriching projects which is much appreciated. The new principle addresses parents inquiries promptly and she is always on grounds and very involved. This is overall a very well rounded school, no need to spend your money on a private school if your child gets to attend Circle View School.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My son is now a fifth grader having started in Kindergarten at Circle View. Through the years he has been blessed to have wonderful teachers who are all very professional and caring. Sad to see Principal Carol Furman come during his last year as I feel the leadership was missing at the school. With Principal Furman the school is sure to progress to great levels!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
Having had a horrible year with my 5th grader and the principal at this school I also have a 1st grader and he has had the opposite his teacher Mrs Hollingworth is GOLD she stays late to help the kids that need it and my sons reading improved so much he was given an award and is now an amazing reader the principal is being replaced and the new principal is a much NEEDED change to this school although the leadership is severely lacking the teachers are wonderful and amazing and I have loved each one my child has had. This has the potential to be the incredible school it used to be because of the parents and the teachers I am looking forward to another amazing year at CIRCLVIEW ELEM and Mrs H is an angel I ADORE HER Mrs Williams also is an amazing teacher.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
this school may have been good at 1 time , but not anymore ..the place is a joke

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
The quality of the learning enivornment has continued to degrade since Dr. Tressler left the school 4 years ago. The teachers openly discuss the "budget" issues in their classrooms which is offensive and inappropriate - I don't want my elementary aged child to worry about financial matters that are best left to adults. It is hit or miss with the teachers - they range from completely apathetic to being passionate. If the teacher assignment doesn't feel right to you - demand a change - don't let the principal bully you!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
This is our second year at this school and my family has been extremely happy with the teachers, the school environment and the overall focus on the child. I love how involved and excited the lower grade teachers about the well-being of the kids in their classes. It shows! The office staff is really friendly too and so is the after care program.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
awsome school you have to let your son/daughter the best school ever its the blue ribbon school

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2012
This is suppose to be a Blue Ribbon School, however the new Principal ONLY has the teachers' interests in mind. A particular disturbing incident took place with a Kindergarten teacher and my child. Upon meeting with the Principal and teacher, the teacher admitted to wrong doing while the Principal scoffed and rolled her eyes at my husband and I. She was unwilling to accomodate the move of our child into another classroom. There has been many other incidents with this particular teacher and yet the Principal continues to do nothing. There are a few good teachers in the bunch, however with such bad leadership, the good teachers tend to be over looked. On an end note, the parents have no say what teacher their children will get the next year, it is actually left up to the previous teacher. My child has been labeled a "naughty" child in his file by his previous teacher, obviously pay back for him telling his parents what she did to him.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
Like one of the reviews stated, there are some very poor teachers at this school, very limited in scope on personality of a child, on which I am extremely disappointed - thus my child is dubbed a so-called "degenerate" when she is a perfectly NORMAL child. I have raised 5 children and this is uncalled for. Be very careful what teacher you have at this school!!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2011
When you have an average principal, you'll have an average achool. It takes a visionary leader to make a school great!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
Your experience at this school will rely on what teachers your child gets. My children have had some great teachers and some very poor teachers. The current principal is unable to provide leadership which has resulted in a lot of chaos and poor morale. The budget crisis is destroying anything good about public schools; the student to teacher ratio is increasing, the school is run down, the bathrooms are disgusting and teacher morale is in the toilet. I've been disappointed by the lack of creative teaching in the classroom. A lot of worksheets. Way too much teaching to the test. This school takes great pride in its test scores, however, there is more to a school than how well the students test.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
This school is a great school. They work hard on academics and move very quickly....I do feel it is a money school and the PTO asks for a lot of money compared to the other two schools my four children have gone to. I find the teacher's caring and forthcoming and I am very fond of the new principle and am very happy with the new gym teachers getting the children more physically fit!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I went to Circle View growing up and circle view had great teachers that really liked to help the students when they needed it. Even if the teacher wasn't yours they were still willing to spend time to help you out. Not to mention the kids club is amazing there and the same pleople that were there when I was a kid, still take care of the kids now. I love to go back and help out when ever I can.

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March 05, 2010
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February 16, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 01, 2009
My child is reading at a 2nd grade reading level in kindergarden thanks to his teacher Cindy Vanasse and her staff! This is truly a miracle considering how he wasn't talking at age 4. KV

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2009
My daughter was having trouble reading and her teacher Mrs. Pouelsen even offered to stay after school to help her improve. She was at a level 3 and now is at a level 16. This shows what dedication the teachers have towards the children they teach. How many other teachers have offered your child that? Probably not many. LB

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2009
The 5th grade GATE class led by Kate Andruss is better than gold. I am absolutely astounded by the performance of my grand-daughter. I'm paraphrasing here, but in her words, 'no big deal, we're all this good'. Al di Grandpa

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March 04, 2009
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no rating January 24, 2009
I have three children at Circle View. I am very happy with the teachers, and their organization. It is true the bathrooms can be a mess, I have seen them cleaned daily, but 400 plus elementary students have to start cleaning up after themselves! I've advised my children to do their part. I've wiped down children's desks myself with anti-bacterial wipes myself at the end of the day, and the parents do a whole lot at this school, we all should be very Proud! And the Gate Program ROCKS!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
My daughter attends Circle View in Miss Britt's Kindergarten. This is a wonderful school with wonderful, caring teachers. The PTO is incredible. I am so proud that my daughter is a student there.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2008
Academically, Circle View is excellent. Teachers are great. But the sanitation there is very poor. Other elementary schools have their floor cleaned daily, but at Circle View, it is once a week, due to budget cut. It is really too bad that we are treating our top, gifted students so poorly. My kid doesn't want to go to the bathroom because it was just 'gross and dirty'. Kids are not picky about sanitation or cleanlyness. For them to say 'gross and dirty', it is pretty bad. I am seriously considering taking her out of that school, even though she is in the GATE (gifted and talented) program. It is a specialized program for kids who has very high IQ.

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September 11, 2008
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September 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 22, 2008
We made a change from St. Bonaventure to Circle View. She was an exceptional student in her claee becasue she enjoied the change of environment so very much. Our teacher was exceptional. Mrs. D' Amato is the best teacher I have ever worked with. Her positive spirit and smiling optimistic personality is infectious. I know this as I had the privelage to participate as a classroom volunteer. The third grade is the moset challenging year as the concepts and mastery of them are numerous and essential. Mrs. D is a pro when it comes to presenting the information and providing the tools needed for the children to master the concepts. I couldn't be happier! The fourth grade thachers have big shoes to fill. I am confident that I wil be pleased. Dr, Tresselor is a formidable leader and rolemodel for all children and Adults. Thank you circle View! Sue L

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
My daughter recently completed Kindergarten at Circle View. I could not have been more pleased with her teacher Ms. Lembke. Ms. Lembke was encouraging and supportive of my daughter, and made our first year of school a very rewarding experience. All of the faculty I had to change to interact with left me with a very favorable impression.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2008
This school is one of the best schools in the OC area. The teachers are very knowledgeable and really care! We put our kids in this school after 3 years of private schools and we feel the education they are getting is even better than the private school. They are really preparing the kids for Jr High and beyond. If you are thinking of a helpful and loving school. Look no farther. Circle View is it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 19, 2008
School is too large and it is very easy for your child to get lost in the shuffle. Money and funding seems to be a priority. I moved from Northern California where my child is both Gate and honor student. This was not the place for him. We ended up enrolling him in private school.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 15, 2007
This is an excellent school with a great principal and teachers. They all care about the children and how well they do. The teachers communication with the parents are excellent as well. I'm so happy and most of all my child looks forward to summer ending so he could go back!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 18, 2007
This school is the best school I could have chosen for my girls to attend. The support of all the staff is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
This school is the best school ever! Great Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
I have had three children go through Circle View, two through the GATE Program, and I would highly recommend this school to others. The parent volunteer enthusiasm is tremendous. The PTO funds many things including fascinating field trips and assemblies for the students. This is the only elementary school in the district that sends their fifth graders to Astro Camp. My senior student says that experience was better that both Jr. High trips. The teachers are top notch. The Principal is wonderful and the support staff is a joy to work with. I have been a parent of this school for 13 years and have been very impressed with all aspects of this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
Circle View is a very strong academic school with a tremendous amoutn of parental support. The PTO is fantastic and works very hard to fund art enrichment programs, music programs, field trips, assemblies and everything the district nor state funds anymore. The students experience has not been reduced dueto budget cuts. the teaching staff is top tier.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2007
The parents involved with the PTO at Circle View Elementary are an incredibly hard working group-they raise funds to provide for the 1st-3rd grade Music Program, Read to the Stars, Meet the Masters Art program, playground and P.E. equipment, awnings for the Kindergarten lunch area, and various field trips and assemblies. With extremely accurate book keeping and Bylaws that are the model for many of the Ocean View School District schools, the Circle View PTO has gone above and beyond what is usually expected of PTO's in general. If you are looking for a school that provides a wide array of enrichment programs for your child, and a place where you can get involved to make a difference, then Circle View Elementary is the place to go. We look forward to hearing from you!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
There needs to be some sort of oversight done on the PTO at this school.Where are the funds going? Several families, ours included, have participated in each and every fundraiser that comes around. The PTO will not be getting any more checks from us. Parents be warned! Several other parents I've spoken with agree, and will be relating such concerns to the school board.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
I am extremely satisfied with most everything about this school. My son's first grade teacher, Mrs. Elliot went that extra mile for him. His third grade teacher, Mrs. Holmes is a wonderful teacher, and has exceptional patience.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
Circle View School has once again been designated a California Distinguished School! It's API score has risen once again from 925 to 935. This is amazing! No wonder it is also a National Blue Ribbon School!

- submitted by a teacher
June 14, 2006
Excellent teachers, great administration. Good core academics, a little weak in art, music, & PE. Super active PTO

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
Teachers are very involved and use creative ways of teaching. Reading programs promote parent participation. The school provides different extracurricular activities for hands on learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2006
My daughter is in the 1st grade. The 1st grade teachers are fair. Too much gossiping and talking amongst each other. More focus should be put on academics, teaching and keeping children stimulated.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
Great teachers whi stay involved with parents. Blue Ribbon school. They have music, p.e. and offer fun trips for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 03, 2006
From what I can tell, this is the school everyone wants to get their kids into. They keep the ratios 20-1 and though it is larger than most, I think that is because they have morning and afternoon curriculums offered, allowing them to serve more students without sacrificing the ratio.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
Fantastic teachers and principal, good music program. Meet the Masters art needs updating. Excellent GATE program. Buildings and classrooms need updating. PTO can be exclusionary if you're not in 'the group'.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2005
I went to Circle View when I was in Elementary School (a long time ago!) and my son now attends Circle View as a third grader. This has been and continues to be an excellent school! It is a tough school with high expectations, however, the students are well prepared due to the support and guidance given by the teachers. Students are regularly exposed to music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities. Parent involvement is amazing at Circle View! I have never seen such an incredible willingness by parents to be a part of their child's education. I highly recommend Circle View to any parent looking for an elementary school that will surely lead their son or daughter to academic excellence above and beyond the average student!

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August 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
Circle View has great GATE program, which starts in 4th grade. I wish the school would have GATE program starts earlier, like Garden Grove School District, they have it in 1st grade. My son excels in the GATE program and he's challenged daily through in-class & at home assignments. However, I'm not sure about their regular classroom. My other son attended their 1st grade a while back, and he was not definitely challenged in class. He was advanced for his age, and was bored in class; and yet the school didn't have any individualized instruction for kids like him, and GATE didn't start until 4th grade! So we had to pull him out of the public school system, and enrolled our kids in private school until they reached 4th grade. By then, they easily qualified for the GATE program.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
This school rates highly in my book. Not only do they have academic programs for gifted children but also an excellent resource specialist program for special children with learning disabilities who want to be mainstreamed into the regular classroom. There is a high degree of parent involvement. The teaching staff works hand in hand with the parents in educating their children.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
This school is wonderful. All of my children have had amazing teachers. The school sets high standards for students and has a top quality program.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2004
This school provided wonderful experiences for all 3 of our children. The teachers understand our children and provide quality instruction.

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May 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
I am so blessed that my child (and younger child) is able to attend this wonderful school. Everyone is awesome! Teachers are helpful, Dr. Tressler is the best! I could not see going to a different school. It gives me peace of mind to know that my kids are at a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2004
This is a nice school with a great PTO. One thing the school is missing is a fence. I just wish there is a fence arround the perimeter. The back area of the playground is too open and does not feel safe.

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Circle View Elementary School
6261 Hooker Drive, Huntington Beach, CA  92647
(714) 893-5035
Last modified Circle View Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Circle View Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top